Mr. Rogers Film 'Won't You Be My Neighbor?' Tops Critics' Choice Documentary Awards

6:07 PM 11/10/2018

by Hilary Lewis

'Free Solo' also won three honors for best sports doc, innovative doc and cinematography.

'Won't You Be My Neighbor?'
'Won't You Be My Neighbor?'
Courtesy of Sundance Institute

Won't You Be My Neighbor? topped the Critics' Choice Documentary Awards, which were handed out Saturday night in Brooklyn.

The critically acclaimed film (and box-office hit) about late children's TV host Fred Rogers won for best documentary, director (Morgan Neville) and editing.

Free Solo also won three honors for best sports doc, innovative doc and cinematography.

The well-received doc RBG, which focuses on Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, was named best political documentary just days after the beloved justice was hospitalized with broken ribs, while the Quincy Jones doc Quincy won the prize for best music documentary.

On the TV side, winners included The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling (best limited documentary series) and Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (best ongoing documentary series).

In addition to the competitive awards, which were handed out during the Bill Nye-hosted ceremony at BRIC, Michael Moore was honored with a lifetime achievement award, which was presented by Robert De Niro, and documentarian Stanley Nelson won the Impact Award, which was presented by last year's recipient, Joe Berlinger.

The Critics' Choice Documentary Awards, presented to projects from film and TV, are determined by qualified members of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association.

"As the documentary world is exploding with great works, we are thrilled to shine a light on the best of the best,” BFCA president Joey Berlin said in a statement. "In the year of the documentary, this was a very special night celebrating the giants in our business and some amazing newcomers."